Louise Ashcroft has been invited to produce a residency-based Special Project for Deptford X 2018. A series of poetic couplets extracted from the festival’s Data Protection Policy - such as Loop Fields, Train Wave, Transparent Forms, Stage Harm, and Fleshing Board provide the basis for a collection of performances, objects and experimental social experiences.
Five emerging artists are creating new works for the Platform strand of Deptford X:
Shawanda Corbett’s Evocation of Buked is a live performance accompanied by the Negro spiritual I Been Buked. Corbett explores the biblical and social implications of disability during slavery, and the undocumented experiences of disabled female slaves in post-colonial Mississippi. Corbett was nominated for Deptford X by artist Oreet Ashery.
Georgia Lucas-Going presents a series of live performances on Deptford Market Yard Carriage Way, and a video installation in a living room somewhere in Deptford. The works are informed by the artist’s interest in self-taught survival techniques. Lucas-Going was nominated by Melanie Keen, Director of Iniva.
NT presents Fox, a video installation exploring parallels between representations of the urban fox and urban youth. The film poses questions about a lone boy as he travels through the night. Shrewd, fearless and adapted to his environment, his somewhat menacing presence is tolerated but often hidden from consciousness. NT was nominated by artist Larry Achiampong.
Laura Yuile situates a film composed of found footage, corporate stock footage and her own video work within a sculptural ensemble of household appliances covered in pebble dash. Yuile was nominated by Sarah McCrory, Director of Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art.
David Steans has written a book of experimental short horror stories, including some inspired by Deptford and the Deptford Lounge library, as well as the festival itself. In the library, visitors are able to browse or borrow the book, attend readings from it by staff or watch performances drawn from the stories, on the library’s rooftop ballcourt. Steans was nominated by Bryony Bond, Artistic Director of The Tetley.
Running in parallel to the curated festival, Deptford X’s long-running Fringe continues, as an open un-curated programme of independent exhibitions, performances, screenings, open studios and workshops in art spaces and found venues across Deptford.
Deptford X is accompanied by a public programme of artists’ talks, tours and workshops.
DEPTFORD X 2018 is funded by Arts Council England and Lewisham Council, and partnered by Goldsmiths, Deptford Market Yard, Deptford Lounge, Lewisham Arthouse, LeithLate, KitMapper and St Nicholas Church.